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Sharon Levy joins Endemol Shine North America

Former Spike TV executive Sharon Levy has joined Endemol Shine North America as president of unscripted and scripted television. Levy (pictured) will join the Los Angeles-based production giant after a 12-year stint ...
August 22, 2017

Former Spike TV executive Sharon Levy has joined Endemol Shine North America as president of unscripted and scripted television.

Levy (pictured) will join the Los Angeles-based production giant after a 12-year stint at Spike TV, effective immediately, and will have oversight of the company’s entire production slate, including MasterChef, MasterChef JuniorFear FactorSwamp People and The Real Housewives of Atlanta. She reports directly into Cris Abrego, chair of Endemol Shine Americas and CEO of Endemol Shine North America.

“Sharon is one of our industry’s most well-respected executives and brings with her a tremendous amount of experience developing and producing hits across a wide array of genres,” said Abrego in a statement. “We’re thrilled to have her joining our team here at Endemol Shine and leading our programming efforts going forward.”

Levy left the Viacom network in February.

Levy initially joined Spike in 2005 as senior VP of original series, before rising to the role of executive VP of original series – a position she’d retain for seven years.

As EVP of original series, Levy oversaw the acquisition, creation and production of all scripted, unscripted and documentary programming at Spike, playing an integral part in Spike’s growth and maturation from a male-focus network to the broad entertainment channel it eventually grew into. The network is now set to be rebranded as the Paramount Network.

Her unscripted and documentary credits at Spike include Ink Master, Bar Rescue, Auction Hunters, Deadliest Warrior, Time: The Kalief Browder Story and It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards.

Before boarding Spike, Levy was senior VP and executive producer at Stone Stanley Entertainment, where she was responsible for all aspects of development. She began her career at Comedy Central as director of public relations.

“I’m truly excited to be returning to my producing roots and doing so with a company like Endemol Shine—with its global reach and roster of critically acclaimed series and production companies,” added Levy. “There’s a lot of momentum across the unscripted and scripted divisions and I can’t wait to get started with the incredible team.”

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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